The Lost City Movie is more than a fun diversion; it’s a return to rom-com form for one of the genre’s brightest stars. Here is The Lost City Movie Review.
The Lost City Movie Review
The Lost City is directed by the Nee Brothers and stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt.
Sandra Bullock plays a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model, played by Channing Tatum, who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands both of them in a cutthroat jungle adventure.
I won’t lie. When I saw the poster for The Lost City, I just had like this immediate reaction that the film wouldn’t be good. I don’t know why.
It’s one of those things that just kind of gets drilled into you over time, where you see elements of Photoshop, layers stacked upon each other in ways that just don’t look like it’s going to result in a good film.
Also, I had never heard of the Nee brothers before. They do have a couple of feature credits on their IMDb, but they’re very small films and most people haven’t heard of them.
So to suddenly have this gigantic multimillion-dollar movie with an insane amount of A-listers in your film, that’s a lot to juggle. But they did a phenomenal job.
This movie was so much fun. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser movie. It’s the type of movie that it’s tough to not like unless you go into this film sort of ready to nitpick.
It feels very much like a Romancing the Stone or a film that Six Days and Seven Nights was trying to be, but didn’t really work out. This movie balances everything very well.
And although there are moments where the story sort of loses sight of what it’s trying to do and sometimes character motivations, especially for Daniel Radcliffe’s villain, are very weak.
It’s the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum and the more than capable eye of the Knee brothers and the way they handle some of the action sequences that make the movie endlessly watchable.
But in particular, it’s the actors Brad Pitt, especially in a kind of extended cameo. He’s in the movie enough to warrant his inclusion on the poster, but he plays a former Navy Seal badass who’s also very into meditation and being calm while he slowly chokes people to death.
He’s very funny in the movie, and he has some really great scenes. And his character also has long hair, like in Legends of the Fall, which was beautiful to see.
Sandra Bullock is a wonderful actress, but she’s also a very gifted physical comedian. She does a lot of great bits in this movie, and they all land. She’s very, very funny in the filmز
As is Channing Tatum, and we’ve seen him be very funny in the 21 Jump Street movies, but it’s really just the rapport between him and Bullock that makes this movie gold.
And that’s what people need. If these two didn’t work well with each other, the whole movie would fall apart. But I also really like the way into the adventure. It was very different.
Sandra Bullock being this romance novelist who’s pretty sure this might be her last novel. Channing Tatum is actually the cover model for all of her books, and so he has this massive fan base of people who just like him from the artist rendering of him on the cover of these novels.
But Bullock’s character is someone who went to school for something other than writing romance novels. She’s very into archeology and ancient studies, and she was once married to someone who was also very into that too.
And when he died, she kind of lost all interest in that and decided to write romance novels. Very interesting career shift, but because of something that she included in one of her books that utilizes that knowledge she has, she becomes the target of Daniel Radcliffe’s character, who’s obsessed with finding this item from the past.
And his obsession hinges on the fact that he didn’t get enough love from his dad. And his dad sort of let his younger brother inherit the company or something. It was very weak, and he was good in the movie, though.
Like he was very purposely unlikable, and you believed his passion for finding this thing and you believed that he was a real brat, but there just wasn’t enough humanity given to the character on the page.
I think, like from a script standpoint, his character was fairly thin and the movie leans heavily into the cheesy aspects of most romance novels and that Tatum’s character has given himself over to a world that really believes he is this incredible hero on the cover of these romance novels who would rescue everyone and take his shirt off every two seconds. And I like that the film eventually embraced that very much.
It’s very hard to make a comedy nowadays, and I think this movie found a really good balance of some offensive humor, but mostly it’s just situational. There are a lot of physical gags, like with Leeches or two people trying to sleep in a very small hammock.
But the chemistry of the leads as well as a very strong extended cameo from Brad Pitt really make this movie work.
So I am going to give The Lost City Movie 4.5/5.
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The Lost City Movie Trailer
When Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum aren’t on screen, The Lost City is dull and chaotic. Thankfully, their comedic banter takes center stage for the majority of the film, with Bullock, who plays a kidnapped bad author, demonstrating why she’s still a force to be reckoned with inaction and romance, and Tatum, who plays her well-meaning cover model, proving once again that he’s Hollywood’s greatest Himbo.
Check out the trailer of The Lost City Movie.